The feedback from our corrections seminar has been amazing! Change is in motion! We're proud to be partnered with such dedicated and driven people, with Hope and Belief of a better Future leading the way!
What an amazing day we had at our Seattle offices! Our seminar was well attended and the spirit was high as we discussed changing the culture in correctional institutions, increasing HOPE in the incarcerated, and reducing the 43.8% recidivism rate in the Indigenous population. Thank you to our partners in this initiative, Port Gamble S'Klallam Re-Entry Program, and The Pacific Institute. Together we're igniting meaningful and lasting change from within! Pilamaya!
Our team had a great weekend at Vegfest in Seattle, WA, discussing diet and health issues in Indigenous People. In particular, reducing and overcoming diabetes, which is a troublesome disease in our communities. Thank you to Stewart Rose and the entire Vegfest staff for a wonderful and impactful event!
"Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you - the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live. You have set the powers of the four quarters of the earth to cross each other. You have made me cross the good road, and the road of difficulties, and where they cross, the place is holy. Day in, day out, forevermore, you are the life of things." ~ Black Elk, Oglala Sioux
May the Great Spirit continue to bless and guide us all as we enter into this new year.
"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." This quote from Sitting Bull is one of the driving inspirations in our organizations mission. We are now proud to announce we have done just that. In partnership with Piranha Productions, we are in development of a youth educational program named, MACOOA™. This program will help our youth better understand the world around them while helping them achieve their full-potential. Please visit the MACOOA™ FACEBOOK PAGE for more information and to follow in our journey from development through the process of changing lives. Pilamaya!
"Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss." ~ Black Elk
A youth participant showing our President, Jeff Eadie, how to untangle themselves during a team building exercise on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Our organization had an amazing and impactful weekend in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Our youth seminar, held at the Billy Mills Hall, was one of spirit, belief and hope. We are honored to work with the people of Pine Ridge, and look forward to our journey together in Rekindling Hope in our youth.
Great evening in Seattle talking about Hope, Esteem & Future Potential, while raising funds for our Rekindling Hope initiatives! Thanks to all the Hope Warriors who attended, and for those who held us in their thoughts! Special thanks to Denise Whitaker of KOMO TV for hosting the event and Betty J. Eadie for the spiritual blessings!
The Indigenous Institute is excited to announce that Edgar Martinez, former Seattle Mariner All-Star, will be developing and hosting a video series with our President, Jeff Eadie, utilizing the concepts of cognitive and social science.
When you step up to the plate or onto the field what are you visioning? What conversations and thoughts are occurring in your mind? What is your belief in yourself and in your abilities to succeed? In these educational interactive workshops those questions and more will be explored and discussed - helping current and future athletes reach their full potential.
We were honored to attend the Leschi Center Open House and Celebration yesterday evening sponsored by the Seattle Indian Health Board. Amazing group of people who provide health and human services to all American Indian/Alaska Native people in the King County region. They are guided by traditional beliefs and practices, and have a unique approach to health care that is based in Indigenous knowledge. Great work for our People - Pilamaya!
We are proud to announce Alyssa London as a host of our Warriors for Hope benefit concert to be held on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the Summer of 2018. She's also one of our Warriors for Hope youth ambassadors, taking the message of hope and belief to the Indigenous youth.
Alyssa London is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and radio talk show host, and a graduate of Stanford University. She is also the first Tlingit to win the Miss Alaska USA title on February 4th, 2017. We are honored to have her as a Hope Warrior and look forward to changing lives together!
In recognition of the prominent and valiant role Indigenous People have played in conflicts in all fifty states throughout history, co-authors Christopher Kelly and Stuart Laycock, are donating 5% of all proceeds from book sales to The Indigenous Institute.
Click on book cover for information about the authors and "America Invaded."
Great two days of training with an amazing group of individuals from the Nexus Youth and Families organization involved in counseling Indigenous youth. We're committed to stopping the downward spiral of hopelessness, and replacing it with hope. Pilamaya!
It was a pleasure to attend the Hope Cafe hosted by Deputy Secretary - WA State Department of Corrections, Jody Becker. Indigenous People are incarcerated at a rate 38% higher than the national average and have the highest rate of recidivism, 42%, than any other ethnic group. These gatherings of like-minded, passionate and dedicated individuals will help us reverse these negative statistics and stop the downward spiral of hopelessness, and replace it with hope. It was also an honor to have our President, Jeff Eadie, accept a drum on behalf of our organization from the Native Circles group of the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center.
We're honored to have delivered over 250 Christmas gifts, stockings, and clothes to the children of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation this holiday season. We're very proud of our team and partners that helped make this happen! Special thanks to Steve Murray & Beyond Us, and Ceitci Demirkova & Changing A Generation for your support! Merry Christmas!